March 1st, 2013, 06:37 PM #1
Facts on the Fly: 3/2/2013 Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks
WOW!!! That last game was incredible to witness live, especially the part where all of the Red Wing fans walked out of the arena with their tails between their legs, no really, some of them had tails. We moan and groan at bandwagoners from other teams and our own; but the guy I ran into the other night was awesome. The Red Wing fan sitting to my left said some pretty incredible things last night including these two nuggets of wisdom; Wing Fan: So I hear that the guy on your team, number 11, was born in a small town of Czechoslovakia that just recently got power. Me: Where did you hear this? Wing Fan: You call yourself a Kings fan and you do not even know that! No more than 30 seconds later I decide to ďengageĒ this young man in conversation. Me: So how long have you been a Detroit fan? Wing Fan: Since I was 12, Iím 22 now. Me: Ever been to Detroit? Wing Fan: No, Iíve lived in the Valley my whole life. Me: So how did you become a Red Wings fan? Wings Fan: Iíve always liked the color red you know. So it only seemed natural to like them since their jerseys are so cool. Me: So living in LA you did not think it was natural to like a home team? Wing Fan: Well, like I said, I like red and the Kings colors arenít red. Me: So if the Kings changed jersey colors again and made them red you would be a fan? Wing Fan: Totally!!! More importantly I know you fine LGKers are waiting to see if I guarantee another win. I have had a good run and it has to end sometime, I am just not feeling the confidence that I have had for the last five games. The confidence has grown!!!!! Put number 6 in the books as another win!!! On a side note, I am in Santa Barbara with the family so that is the reason for the early edition of Facts.
(Image of Sad Luongo)
3/2/2013: Los Angeles Kings @ Vancouver Canucks
On 1/7/1997; Eddie Olczyk scores his fifth career hat trick and scored the game winner in a 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at the Great Western Forum. It was the only hat trick for the Kings in the 1996-97 season.
(Image of Olczyk)
On 1/12/1991; Bob Kudelski scored his first career NHL hat trick as the Kings defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 6-2 at the Forum.
(Image of Kudelski)
On 11/12/1992;Mike Donnelly scores on a penalty shot against the Canucks in a 7-4 Kings win. Jari Kurri, Tomas Sandstrom and Mike Donnelly each scored two goals.
(Image of Donnelly)
In a way it is nice to have this as an away game, why you may ask? Because if it was at the Staples Center than it would have been three games in a row with obnoxious visiting fans. Although the last game the Canucks fans stayed away in droves. I wonder why? Oh wait! It was Stanley Cup replica ring night!!! Yet another reminder that they are still looking for their first one.
The Canucks first season was the 1970/71 season; but they did not have a winning record or reach the playoffs until the 1974/75 season when the team was placed in the new Smythe Division. The team would not only compile a winning record, but they placed first in the division and made it to the playoffs for the first time.
(Image of First Team)
In the 1975/76 season the Canucks had another winning record but faced the NY Islanders in a preliminary playoff series and lost; what is significant about this is that the Canucks would not have another winning record for the next 16 seasons, although they would make the playoffs nine times.
After the Canucks lost to the Islanders in the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals, the team would not win another playoff series until 1992.
(Image of Defeat)
When the Canucks lost to the Bruins in Game 6 of the 2010/2011 Stanley Cup Finals, (before eventually losing the series in seven games) the Canucks fell victim to a broken record. The Bruins broke a record when they scored their first 4 goals in a span of 4 minutes and 14 seconds in the first period; breaking the record for four fastest goals in the Finals which had previously been held by the Canadiens who did it in 5 minutes and 29 seconds in 1956.
(Image of 2011 SC Cup)
1983/84 Kings Team is on tap for your enjoyment.
(Image of Team)
This team is really nothing to write home about as the team lost Dionne for part of the season to an injury and the Kings struggled as they finished in last place with an awful 23-44-13 record.
Twice during the season the team had 10 game winless streaks, one of those streaks was in fact 10 losses in a row. LGK would have imploded.
During that 80 game season the Kings only had 2 players to play in all 80 games, LW Anders Hakansson and the extremely great haired Jim Fox.
(Image of Hakansson)
The goalies had their share of hard times as well as not a single one of the five goalies that played that season had a winning record, (all played at least 5 games) and the goalie with the lowest goals against was Markus Mattsson with a 4.31.
(Image of Mattsson)
Did You Know?
Did you know that former goalie Markus Mattsson ended Gretzkyís 51 point streak in the 1983/84 season?
Did you know that in the 1976 Canada Cup; Marcel Dionne was on a line with Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito?
(Image of Dionne and Linemates)
Did you know that when the Kings traded defenseman Larry Murphy to the Capitals it was for Brian Engblom and Ken Houston?
(Image of Murphy)
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; HOCKEYDB.com; GOOGLE IMAGES
March 1st, 2013, 06:59 PM #2
Thanks Rawley. Another great one
March 1st, 2013, 07:24 PM #3
That goalie on the far left in the '83 Kings picture looks like a 12 year old kid!!
edit: My husband tells me the goalie is Mario Lessard
Thanks for the fun, Rawley!
Last edited by Nyssa42; March 1st, 2013 at 10:18 PM.
March 1st, 2013, 07:48 PM #4
Great work rawley, enjoy your mini vacation!
March 1st, 2013, 08:47 PM #5
thanks for the fof rawley! interesting convo w/ that guy.
have a great time with your fam bam! enjoy.
March 1st, 2013, 09:10 PM #6
Words can not describe the awesomeness that is Fox's hair in the team picture.
Great work Rawley
March 1st, 2013, 10:43 PM #7
With all these informative FOTF's Rawley,LGK is getting smarter and our brains are getting too big from all the knowledge you are providing us with.
March 1st, 2013, 11:29 PM #8
Woah cant believe you have had Sandstrom and Kudelski, two of my all-time favorite Kings in your Facts last two issues. So cool thank you Sir Rawley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 1st, 2013, 11:37 PM #9
Hey Rawley -
Is this the guy who sat next to you at the game?
And that Murphy trade? A Hall of Famer who went on to score over a thousand points, win 4 Cups and play in 3 All-Star games traded for a Neelix look-alike and Sam Houston's illegitimate great-great-great grandson. I didn't realize Mike Milbury had even
been a past GM of the Kings.
They should have had Stanley Cup related giveaways for ALL the Vancouver games at the Stapler this season.
March 2nd, 2013, 09:30 AM #10
I liked the image of sad Luongo. Lets make Cory Schneider sad today.